Red Headed Cockchafer

Common Name

Red Headed Cockchafer

Seasons of Activity

Adult beetles emerge from the soil during late summer to early autumn, but remain deep in the soil until late winter or early spring. Adults emerge in August to early October, fly locally and lay eggs singly in the soil.

Areas of Plant Affected


Scientific Name

Adoryphorus coulonii

Key Distinguishing Feature

"Redheaded pasture cockchafer larvae are greyish-white to cream in colour with a hard red-brown head capsule. They have soft bodies, six legs and are grub like. Fully-grown larvae are up to 30 mm long and curl into a ‘C‘-shape. Their gut contents can often be seen through the external covering in medium to larger larvae. Adult beetles are reddish-brown to black in colour, and are approximately 15 mm long and 8 mm wide. They have flares/spurs on their legs and clubbed antennae. "

The Red headed Cockchafer is an Australian scarab beetle in the genus Adoryphorus.

Key Products for Control:

Acelepryn Liquid - 15mL/100sqm, in 6-10Ltrs water, then water into soil.

Acelepryn GR - 1.5Kg/100sqm, then water into soil.

Rumbler - 12-44mL/100sqm